In order to bring its ambitious technological ideas to fruition, the Kishurim Group tackled the preparation and submission of various project proposals to the R&D-sponsoring program of the European Community. Five such proposals were accepted for funding during the last few years, four of which are under our Group's coordination. In these projects, Kishurim has collaborated with universities, research institutes and commercial companies.
DUNES project – The objective of the DUNES project was to develop a methodology and advanced software tools to enable new ways of collaboration and co-construction of knowledge through synchronous e-discussion. The project focused on the graphical representation of the discussion as the learning engine – for the individual and for the group: argumentative maps of (a-)synchronous, written, mapped, moderated discussion. The project's resulting tools are Digalo, Oasis, Paseo + awareness system. Read more...
ARGUNAUT Project – The Argunaut project focused on the work of the teacher in their role of moderator of learning-oriented argumentative activities in class. Building on artificial intelligence and advanced visualization means, the ARGUNAUT system assists the moderator in real time, enabling them to improve the pedagogical outcomes of Digalo-mediated activities and to increase the number of such activities that can be effectively monitored at the same time. Read more...
Escalate project – The project aimed at demonstrating that Digalo and argumentative learning methods, in combination with inquiry-based methods, can contribute significantly to the adoption of scientific careers by young students. The project covered formal and non-formal educational environments and the experience and insight gathered has been condensed in a comprehensive "white book" accessible from the project's website. Read more...
KP-Lab project – The KP-Lab project integrates the efforts of many institutions with the aim of developing methods and technological tools to improve knowledge practices within both learning and working environments. The theoretical basis of the project lies in the "trialogical" learning approach, which addresses "knowledge creation" as a complex activity around shared (and usually jointly created) objects, sustained processes and suitable technologies. In the framework of the latter, our group conceived and proposed the Map-It tool. Read more...
Launched in July 2010, by the end of
its 3-year duration the Metafora R&D project
will result in the creation of a Computer-Supported
Collaborative Learning (CSCL) system to enable young
students to learn science and mathematics in an
effective and enjoyable way. The students will,
first and foremost, learn to learn, collaboratively
addressing an assignment (“the challenge”) posed by
the teacher involving a relatively complex problem.
Working in small groups during a couple of weeks,
the students will plan, organize and tackle the
challenge by themselves. The Metafora platform will
offer an argumentation and discussion workspace
where the students will gather to discuss their
findings and arrive at an agreed solution, using
also other available tools, such as microworlds. The
use of a visual language will permit the students to
be precise in their planning and then later in
enacting the planned activities, while also
allowing the system to intelligently track their
activities and produce useful information and
feedback for both students and teachers.
These project have all led to the development of concrete, computerized dialogic tools and pedagogies.
The Group has participated in
projects outside of Europe, implementing and further
researching its tools and pedagogical methods. In
2006, our Group made contact with the
National Open and Distance University (UNAD) in
The Group has also led several teacher training cycles featuring its methodologies and systems.
Science education and beyond: The SCIPIENS Initiative
The initiative SCIPIENS has
grown from the idea to do more, and more
effectively, for science education globally and in
the developing world in particular. Currently in its
preliminary stages, the initiative is aimed at promoting life
skills and values through science education.